Stepparent Adoption in Texas: How to Do It Yourself and Save Thousands.
Stepparent and Adult Adoption in Texas.
Are you wanting to adopt a stepchild? Adopting a stepchild can be a beautiful way to solidify a blended family, creating a lasting bond that reflects the emotional ties already in place. Adopting your stepchild will provide stability and unity for the child, making the child your child, as if the child was born to you and your spouse. For many families in Texas, the prospect of stepparent adoption is welcomed with enthusiasm but is often clouded by worries over legal complexities and the potential for high attorney fees.
Here’s the good news – You can do your own stepparent adoption!
We have helped thousands of families in Texas complete their adoptions, and all have successfully completed their adoption without having to pay thousands to an attorney. In order to complete an adoption, you must have all the legal documents that the court requires, and follow the procedures required to complete an adoption. Here’s the great news…we have a legal department with decades of experience, who will prepare your adoption forms for your specific situation. We will also include detailed instructions on how to complete the adoption. But beyond that, our support department is always here to help you through the process until your adoption is finalized.
Understanding the Stepparent Adoption process in Texas
Stepparent adoption refers to the legal process whereby a stepparent assumes the rights and responsibilities of a biological parent. When the adoption is finalized, the child will receive a new birth certificate showing the new parent as the child’s birth parent, and the new birth certificate will also reflect any name change for the child. The child will have the same legal rights as any other child in the family, including rights to inheritance.
In Texas, as in other states, the process involves a series of legal steps, as outlined under Texas Family Code 162.001(b), and has certain qualifications, such as (1) the child must be living with the stepparent and the child’s other parent, (2) you must be a resident of the State of Texas, and (3) that you follow certain procedures, which include some of the following:
Filing a Petition: The stepparent seeking the adoption will file documents with the court to start the adoption process, including an 'Original Petition to Adopt a Child' which outlines that you want to adopt your stepchild (or children). All of the documents that the court needs to process your adoption will be prepared for you, allowing you to file with confidence. When the court reviews the documents you are filing, they will see that you have all the documents they need to efficiently process your adoption, and that they have all been prepared properly for the court in your County.
Consent from the absent parent and child: The biological parent, not living with the child, must either consent to the adoption or have their rights terminated due to reasons such as neglect or abandonment. Most of the adoptions we help families complete do not have a consent. Rather, the other parent has abandoned the child, or the other parent’s identity is unknown, and his or her parental rights are terminated at the final hearing so that the stepparent can now become the child’s legal parent. If the child is 10 years of age or older, then the child will also sign a consent.
Home Study Waiver and Background check: Unlike other types of adoption, stepparent adoption in Texas sometimes don't require a home study. The Judge assigned to your case will determine whether this can be waived. In all adoptions, a background check will be completed on the adopting parent, to make sure that parent hasn’t been convicted of any crimes against a minor child. We provide all the documents and contact information to easily complete the background check.
Serving the other parent: If the other parent does not consent to the adoption, which is very common, then the other parent will need to be served. If you know where the other parent lives, that parent can be served by a process server or the Sheriff. If the other parent’s whereabouts are unknown, then the parent will be served by posting or publication. Most of the adoptions we complete have the other parent being served by publication, so this is fairly common with the Court.
Attending a Hearing: The final step involves attending a hearing where a judge will review the case and grant the adoption. In a stepparent adoption, the adoption and the termination of parental rights are done in the same court action. This helps simplify the process for those doing the adoption on their own. At the final hearing, the Judge will sign the final adoption order which terminates the other parents’ rights, and approves the adoption.
New Birth Certificate: After the adoption has been finalized, the Clerk will certify a Certificate of Adoption which is sent to Vital Statistics where the child was born, to obtain a new birth certificate.
The DIY Route: Advantages and How-To
Here’s why and how you can confidently navigate this process without hiring an attorney:
When you first go to the court, you will have all the information you need to confidently file the adoption documents with the court to start the adoption. Our detailed instructions will guide you step-by-step through the adoption process. If you still have questions, no problem. Just give us a call and our support department will answer your questions and help you through the adoption process until the adoption is completed.
- Cost Savings
While hiring an attorney can cost thousands, utilizing our service offers an economical alternative. This platform provides all necessary forms and detailed instructions, ensuring you're well-equipped to tackle the process head-on. Our fee is a flat fee of $325, and the only other costs you will have are the court costs that you will pay during the adoption process. Each situation is different, and the court related costs will be different, but expect to pay $400-$600 in court costs for most adoption cases.
- Simplicity and Clarity
Stepparent adoption, especially when uncontested, is a relatively straightforward process. With clear instructions and the correct forms tailored for your families situation, many families find that they can easily navigate the steps without legal assistance.
- Comprehensive Resources
Platforms like www.stepparentadoptionforms.com offer more than just forms. They provide extensive resources, FAQs, and guidance to help ensure that even the most unfamiliar aspects of the process become clear.
Taking charge of the adoption process can be an empowering experience, giving families control over a deeply personal transition. Many families who hire attorneys call us a year after the process has started, stating that their attorney is requiring thousands more in payment, and have no expectation as to when the adoption will be finalized. When you do your own adoption, the process can be done in months, instead of a year or more. Many of the families we help are able to complete their adoptions in 3-4 months – sometimes less.
Are you looking to complete an Adult Adoption?
Adult adoptions are typically the easiest and quickest types of adoption. Not applicable to Texas, but some States will complete an adult adoption in a week. Texas will take a month or two, but the process is very simple. In an adult adoption, you are not required to be related to the adult you are adopting. If you and the adult being adopted consent to the adoption, then the court will approve the adoption.
An adult adoption will still allow a name change, and the adult being adopted will receive a new birth certificate showing the new parent or parents who are adopting the adult. We prepare the specific legal forms that are required to complete an adult adoption in Texas, and we help you through the process. An adult adoption is streamlined, and doesn't require serving other parents, or background checks, or home-studies. The process is really fairly straight-forward.
Ready to proceed with your Texas Stepparent or Adult Adoption?
Completing a stepparent or adult adoption in Texas doesn't have to come with a hefty price tag. With thorough research, the right resources, and a DIY spirit, families can successfully navigate the process, ensuring that the family bond is recognized not just in heart, but in law.
If you live in Texas and are ready to complete your stepparent adoption, you can count on the experience of StepparentAdoptionForms to help guide you all the way through the process. We have been helping families for over two-decades, which encompass over 20,000 successful adoptions, and that experience will be used to help you successfully complete your adoption.
Just click on the buttons on our website that say “Start Your Adoption” to be taken to the questionnaire we have online. This is the information that our legal department needs to prepare all the legal documents your court will need to finalize the adoption. We look forward to help you build your family unity.
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Information on filing an adoption in Texas.
When we prepare your Texas adoption papers, we will include all the provisions specific to your situation. Documents we prepare for one family will be different than the documents for another family, because circumstances are different. We ensure that your adoption forms are ready to sign and file with the court in Texas. Whether you are filing a stepparent adoption or an adult adoption, we will be able to help you get your adoption finalized.
You can complete your Texas stepparent adoption. We prepare your legal forms and help you through the adoption process.
Residency in Texas:
You must be a resident of the State of Texas for 6 months prior to filing your adoption. The adoption is filed with the Probate Court in the county where you reside.
Consent of Absent Parent:
Most of the adoptions we help families complete are not able to get the consent of the absent parent. The adoption can be completed without the absent parent's consent if that parent has abandoned the child. In Texas, pursuant to § 161.001 of the Texas Code, abandonment is when the other parent has remained away for a period of at least six (6) months.
Consent of child:
In Texas, if the child is 10 years or older, the child will sign a consent to adoption.
When absent parent's whereabouts or identity are unknown:
It is fairly common that the absent parent's whereabouts are unknown. It is also fairly common that the biological father's identity is unknown. In both situations, you can still complete the stepparent adoption.
Stepparent Adoption in Texas:
No matter what your situation may be, we have the experience to help you complete your adoption. A stepparent adoption in Texas takes approximately 3 months to be final. Once completed, the child will receive a new birth certificate showing the child's new name and the new parent.
Adult Adoption in Texas:
Adult adoptions in Texas are very simple. As an adult, the adoptee can decide on their own that they want to be adopted, and they don't need the consent of the biological parent. An adult adoption can be finalized as soon as 45-60 days.
Texas courts approve our adoption forms. You can file with confidence.
GET STARTED WITH YOUR TEXAS ADOPTION
Our online questionnaire provides our legal department with the information we need to prepare you Texas adoption forms. Our experienced Texas adoption team will prepare your filing documents and send them to you ready to sign and file with the court.
SIMPLE 3-STEP PROCESS: Complete the questionnaire, then review and sign your Texas adoption forms, and file with the court. Our step-by-step instructions will help guide you through the process.
With more than 100,000 court document prepared over the past 20 years, we have the experience to make sure your Texas adoption papers are correct.
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Our Texas adoption department will make sure your documents are ready to file. We will prepare your document right - All for $325 (You will also have a court filing fee that you will pay later to the Court).
You can file with confidence, we back every customer with a 100% money-back court acceptance guarantee.